Hillel Friedland Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Applications are hereby invited for the highly prestigious Hillel Friedland Postdoctoral Fellowship hosted at the University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Health Sciences. We are seeking a truly outstanding young individual, who has completed a doctorate in the past five years and is under the age of 40.

The potential postdoctoral fellow will conduct cutting-edge research in health economics and will be based at the SAMRC Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science- PRICELESS SA for between 1 and 3 years.  PRICELESS SA is a research to policy unit that provides evidence to improve resource allocation and aid healthcare priority setting to maximise universal health coverage.

Roles and responsibilities

The post-doctoral fellow will be responsible for leading an economic evaluation of the maternal and early child support grant (MSG) in South Africa. As such, only candidates with a strong background in health economics and decision-analytical modelling will be considered for the position. The fellow will be involved in the conceptualisation and development of a decision-analytic model to assess the health benefits and costs associated with the MSG. This fellow will convene and support a steering committee of key stakeholders.

Other responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow will include:

  • Supervision of junior researchers
  • Participation in grant writing
  • Contribute to teaching on the Masters in Public Health programme at the Wits School of Public Health
  • Contribute to other related research and capacity-building projects at PRICELESS SA

A research assistant will work alongside the post-doctoral fellow and the research will be overseen by Professor Hofman, Executive Director at PRICELESS-SA, and Dr  Edoka, Research Director at PRICELESS-SA.

Skills and Requirements 

  • PhD in Health Economics obtained within the past 5 years
  • Demonstrable experience in decision analytical modelling
  • Demonstrable experience publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Good writing and presentation skills
  • Good conceptualisation skills
  • Experience in teaching and student supervision will be an advantage

Expected output

Specific outputs include publication of at least two articles in reputable health policy and health economics journals. The fellow is also required to acknowledge the Trust in all their publications and to report annually on progress to the Trustees

The final appointments are to be approved by the Hillel Friedland Trust. It is hoped that the Fellow will remain in South Africa after completion of the Fellowship for at least one year.

Applications: To apply, please send an up to date copy of your CV and a cover letter (max. 1 page) to Aarika.Sing@wits.ac.za. Closing date:  Extended to 31 July

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